A propulsive blend of speed and restraint. – Ben Travers, Indiewire
Brilliant as ever, Pacino is the master trickster who manages to both demonize and humanize Paterno. – Verne Gay, Newsday
Al Pacino’s Paterno is so convincing, and eerily lifelike it becomes necessary from time to time, to remember that this isn’t the actual coach. – Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall Street Journal
Lakeshore Records will release the soundtrack to Paterno, available digitally on April 27, 2018. The album features original music by composers Evgueni Galperine and Sacha Galperine (Loveless, The Wizard of Lies). Keep reading for more about this Barry Levinson film. More soundtrack details coming soon!
PATERNO centers on Penn State’s Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno’s legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims. Academy Award and Emmy® Award winner Al Pacino stars in the film’s title role. PATERNO is Pacino’s third HBO collaboration with award-winning director Barry Levinson, having starred in YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, which earned Pacino a Golden Globe® for Best Actor, an Emmy® for acting and Levinson an Emmy® nomination for directing. Pacino also starred in the title role in HBO’s Phil Spector, which Levinson executive produced.
Evgueni and Sacha Galperine, who also composed the music for THE WIZARD OF LIES, were very aware of complex undertaking of this story. “Barry [Levinson] told us that he would like to have an emotional score to reveal Joe Paterno’s complex feelings but at same time he wanted to avoid playing to compassion or pity,” said composer Evgueni Galperine. “His idea was to make people understand Joe, try to imagine what they would do in his place, but in no way did Barry want the score to entice the audience to pardon Paterno.”
Sacha Galperine continued, “Our mission was to use the score to reveal Paterno’s emotional and psychological journey starting with denial and fear and finishing with the understanding, guilt and profound remorse.”
The composers achieved this using organic instruments manipulated in unorthodox ways. “Unlike some other of our work, we concentrated on classical, orchestral instruments but used in an unusual way, impossible to play in real life musicians but made possible by samples programming,” Evgueni described. This can be heard in the tracks ‘A Quiet Storm’ or ‘The Riot.’ “When complex articulation techniques are played very fast. It creates an interesting effect, like if we were listening to a superhuman orchestra,” Sacha explained.
Brothers Evgueni and Sacha Galperine relocated to France, from their native Russia in 1990, to complete the classical music training they’d begun in Moscow. Soon after arriving in Paris, Evgueni was drawn to composing film scores while still studying symphonic composition and electro-acoustic music at the National Conservatory (CNSM) in Paris. Sacha turned to rock and electronic music after receiving a first prize for violin performance at the Conservatory of Versailles.
Evgueni and Sacha Galperine are equally at ease and focused on storytelling, whether working on independent films—over a dozen in Europe and Asia— mass-market films, or contributing music to blockbusters like M. Night Shyamalan’s SPLIT, and Garry Ross’ THE HUNGER GAMES. Their international credits include Luc Besson’s THE FAMILY, Asghar Farhadi’s THE PAST, Eric Lartigau’s LA FAMILLE BÉLIER, Alix Delaporte’s LE DERNIER COUP DE MARTEAU (official selection at the Venice IFF), Nicolas Provost ‘s THE INVADER (Best Music award at Ghent Film Festival), Yilmas Arslan’s BRUDERMORD, and Jiang Wenli’s LAN.
Their recent credits include the HBO Films Original THE WIZARD OF LIES, starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, directed by Barry Levinson, the acclaimed French TV series LE BARON NOIR, and Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Academy Award®-nominated film, LOVELESS. Evgueni and Sacha were honored as European Composer of the Year by the EFA for their score for LOVELESS. Upcoming projects include RADIOACTIVE, directed by Marjane Satrapi starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Rosamund Pike, and Aneurin Barnard.